For the first time in centuries it is possible to travel through this forgotten part of Myanmar where time seems to have stood still. Opened to tourists in 2013 the Mrauk U area offers fantastic scenery, remote Chin villages, plantations, jungle, boat rides, and a glimpse into a rich living history that few people outside of Myanmar have seen. Mrauk U, the former capital of the Burmese Rakhine kings, is a sprawling temple complex of over 700 structures. Tour magnificent temple art and architecture, from centuries old dynasties, reminders of ancient civilizations that existed in Myanmar (then Burma) long before tourism arrived.
DAY 1: SITTWE – MRAUK U
After landing in Sittwe, start your drive to Mrauk U. The drive takes about 4 hours and is along a scenic road filled with interesting stops along the way with opportunities to meet locals and take pictures of the breathtaking scenery of green paddy fields and the river. Stops include a visit to a local weaving village, an old monastery where you can have tea with the head monk, a small cave temple and a walk to a viewpoint of the surrounding countryside. As you approach the Mrauk U area stop to visit the Mahamuni pagoda and the Vessali ruins – an old kingdom in this area. Transfer to the Mrauk U Princess Resort and have the afternoon free
DAY 2: CYCLING MRAUK U
Hop on a bicycle to discover some of the Mrauk U temples and the local town. The area around Mrauk U is mostly flat, making bicycles one of the best ways to explore this sprawling complex at leisure.
The Rakhine dynasty, based in Mrauk U, reached its peak during the 15th century. In those days Mrauk U was a busy trading port that was frequently visited by Dutch, Portuguese, Middle Eastern and Asian traders. The capital Mrauk U was rumoured to be one of the richest cities in Asia, comparable to Amsterdam or London. What’s left today is a historical site with 700 temples built in a very different style from the Bagan temples. After getting your fill of temple hopping, head back to the Mrauk U Princess Resort and have the evening free. [BL]
DAY 3: CHIN VILLAGE VISIT
A 1,5 hour trip by boat over the Lemro River brings you to a Chin village. Meet and have a simple lunch with a local host family. Your guide will show you the traditions and culture of the Chin people and you can meet some of the older women who have the iconic face tattoos of this region. The always curious family members will be given the chance to ask more about your home country, your family and your own traditions.
Return to Mrauk U by boat and car. In the afternoon, head back to the complex to visit more of the temples in the Mrauk U area. Overnight at Mrauk U Princess Resort [BL]
DAY 4: CRUISE TO SITTWE – YANGON OR NGAPALI BEACH
Get an early morning start for a 4-hour cruise over the Kaladan River which has stunning views of the surrounding fields and mountains in the distance – certainly a highlight of the trip to Mrauk U! The banks on both sides of the river are low, allowing for excellent opportunities to watch daily life passing by while lounging on the deck of the ship.
On arrival in Sittwe harbour, a car will transfer you to the airport. Fly to Ngapali Beach or onward to Yangon.
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Princess Mrauk U Resort - beautiful property with views of the rice paddy fields, the blue mountains, and the Mrauk U river. 21 spacious guest rooms, private jetty